I have this endless fascination with entertainment news. On occasion there’s something that a reasonable person can consider a noteworthy event, but mostly it’s about as relevant to real life as reporting on the political turmoil of Sasquatch tribes. However, last night I came across an interesting note: IMDB is reporting that New Line has kicked Peter Jackson off the upcoming Hobbit film. I mean, really. What amounts of lead paint do you have to drink to think that removing Jackson from a Lord of the Rings film is in anyway shape or form a good idea? Buddha knows I didn’t think the LotR trilogy was the landmark in human achievement it was heralded as, but I can certainly state that Jackson was the right guy to do it. Seeing as the semi-official reason for his ouster was as a petty response to Jackson not contributing to a New Line tribute video, I’m going to have to put that down as one of the stupidest studio decisions since someone decided Freddie Prinze, Jr. was a star in the making.
I was also surprised to see that there’s talk of a prequel to LotR in addition to the Hobbit (which itself isn’t slated for production until 2009). How the hell does that work out? Do I need to learn more about Samwise’s inability to flirt with a bar wench? Does the world need a couple more hours of Aragon acting tortured and conflicted (while maintaining his rugged stubble)?